Stephen Longobardi and Brandon Palaniuk share a laugh in passing. Both men have one keeper. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Chris Smith
Justin Lucas: This one's not a keeper! Grrrr... Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Mark Williams
Shaw Grigsby just landed a 4-pound bowfin, which was totally useless to his cause in this Elite Series event. But since the fish probably looked like a bass to Aaron Martens, who was fishing nearby, Grigsby decided to have some fun. He went through all of the motions as if he'd just landed a big bass, even walking it back toward the live well. Then he quietly slipped the crazy-looking fish back into the water off the end of his boat. Who says pro fishermen don't have fun?
We can barely see Chris Lane but we could clearly hear his signature 'POW!' being hollered out when he caught keeper No. 5. By our rough estimate that gives Chris approximately 10 pounds today.
Shaye Baker and I are with Shaw Grigsby right now, but we just watched Aaron Martens catch a 2.5-pounder up ahead in the distance. That fish should put Martens in the lead, according to BASSTrakk.
Aaron Martens pulls another keeper from the Sabine. Update by Bassmaster Marshal Darren Woods
First, a disclaimer: This blog post has nothing to do with the Elite Series tournament. But leading the trivial life that I do, I'm a big fan of things with little value or importance. If you are similarly inclined, here's a photo opportunity for you in Orange, Texas, courtesy of Wikipedia:
We're deep into the wilds of Texas following Chris Lane. After hiking through bayou country, we finally found him in a tiny little canal. His marshal is in a different boat due to a cameraman being in the boat with Chris. Chris now has four keepers for at least 7 pounds. I don't think BASSTrakk has recorded any of that yet, so factor that into your tournament equations.